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Executive Leadership Committee

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The Executive Leadership Committee is an opportunity extended to those leaders who successfully complete the Executive Leadership Credential. The committee will work together regularly throughout the year to tackle trends in Head Start and Early Head Start.


The Executive Leadership Committee will capitalize on the power of a professional network to share resources, dig into new ideas, propose challenges, and work together to find solutions. NHSA will engage with the committee in meetings throughout the year to discuss pressing issues, gain ongoing perspectives, and provide support where needed. 

Quarterly Meetings: Stay up-to-date and well-informed by attending our virtual quarterly meetings. These interactive sessions provide a platform for sharing important updates, discussing program strategies, and addressing key challenges within the Head Start community. Members can participate in lively discussions, contribute their expertise, and gain valuable insights from their peers.

Guest Speaker Presentations: Get inspired by thought-provoking presentations delivered by influential guest speakers. We bring in renowned experts from various fields, including early childhood education, leadership development, policy, and advocacy. Explore emerging trends, innovative approaches, and evidence-based practices that can elevate your leadership and enhance your Head Start program’s impact.

Registration to NHSA’s Winter Leadership Institute (WLI): Explore the policy and advocacy issues that will impact Head Start for years to come. Members will receive free registration to our annual institute, typically held in January in Crystal City, Virginia. In addition to attending sessions and having the opportunity to meet with members of Congress, committee members will get to bond together over a special dinner.

Interactive Sessions: Engage in interactive sessions that encourage active participation and knowledge sharing. Ask questions, share experiences, and collaborate with other Head Start leaders. We aim to foster a vibrant and supportive community where everyone can contribute their unique perspectives.

Networking Opportunities: Connect with like-minded Head Start leaders from diverse backgrounds and regions. Expand your professional network, exchange ideas, and build relationships with individuals who share your passion for early childhood education and leadership. These connections can lead to valuable collaborations and partnerships beyond the virtual realm.

Empowering Future Leaders: The committee will serve as a mentor group to driven individuals pursuing the Executive Leadership Credential. Members’ invaluable expertise and wealth of experience will be the driving force behind their transformation into influential leaders of tomorrow. It will make a profound difference in the lives of aspiring leaders and help shape the future of Head Start one mentee at a time.


Start Date: Membership renewal every year in January.

Course Level: Advanced

Requirements/Prerequisites: Committee members must have completed the Executive Leadership Credential and be an active NHSA member. 

Target Audience: Leadership and Management

Course Meeting Times: Please visit the registration page to see the schedule for the upcoming cohorts.

Completion Timeline/Duration: One year.

Head Start Alignment: This course supports programs in meeting Part 1302-Program Operations requirements that covers the full range of operations from enrolling eligible children and providing program services to those children and their families, to managing programs to ensure staff are qualified and supported to effectively provide services.

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Course Author

Dr. Deborah Bergeron

Dr. Deborah Bergeron

Dr. B served as director of the Office of Head Start from 2018-21. From 2019-21 she broadened her leadership as director of the Office of Early Childhood Development in the Administration for Children and Families. Known as "Dr. B" to former students and teachers, she spent three decades in pre-K–12 public education as a classroom teacher and school administrator. She currently serves as deputy director for Community Engagement and Innovation at the National Head Start Association.

Kristina Ellis

Kristina Ellis

Kristina is director of The Academy at NHSA. As a Head Start alum, Kristina’s interest in early childhood stems from a rich background in social services work and her commitment to early childhood education and family engagement. Before NHSA, Kristina worked for CAP Tulsa, one of the largest anti-poverty nonprofits in Oklahoma and a nationally recognized provider of research-based, high-quality early childhood education for low-income children.

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